Victorino and Inge Finish Off All Star Rosters

As all of you who read my post “Final Thoughts on Final Vote” know, my picks for the final vote were Shane Victorino and Ian Kinsler.  You would also know that I thought Ian Kinsler should have already been in the All Star Game starting at second base instead of the reigning MVP Dustin Pedroia.  Nothin against Pedroia who is having a good year, but Kinsler is having a better one.  You would all know that Shane Victorino and Pablo Sandoval were both good choices in my eyes but that I would go with “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” simply because I felt he was having a better season.  Now that the final vote is over, I have some more thoughts on the two guys that finished off the AL and NL All Star rosters.  Shane Victorino and Brandon Inge.

Now, Shane Victorino did all that he could over the course of the time limit for the final vote, including a walk off, some very good stats, and a continued season of full out effort.  He worked for it, deserved it, and is going to St. Louis to join some of his teammates in the NL’s attempt to win the All Star game for the first time in… I don’t know how long but the AL wins it almost every year.  So this pick satisfies me and I have no further comment on the NL final man.  Now the AL final vote pick has me thinking.

Brandon Inge, the third baseman from the Detroit Tigers.  He’s having a good season, don’t get me wrong.  But out of the guys that were available in the final vote, I don’t see how so many people picked Inge.  He isn’t one of those hugely popular guys who can just count on his popularity to get picked.  He isn’t that kind of guy.  Kinsler on the other hand, has a following, is having a better season than Dustin Pedroia.  He should have at least been a backup for the second base position.  Now that he is going to be absent for this midsummer classic, it will feel like there is something important missing.  Almost like missing an arm or a leg.  Also, another guy that I feel got snubbed was Alexei Ramirez, the White Sox shortstop.  He started off the season slow, but come May, he turned it on and has been having a STELLAR season.  Now, there is some tough competition at the shortstop position this year (Jeter, Bartlett) and I can see how he didn’t get in.  But I thought he could have maybe gotten in anyway.  He’s having a good enough season so if he got in, there would be no question from me about him deserving the spot.

Well, that’s all I can say about this.  I’m kind of all thought out.  ‘Til next time…



  1. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    Congrats from me too. I agree with your original picks 100%, too bad Kinsler didn’t make it.


  2. raysfanboy

    I think that Alexei Ramirez will have a shot to be an All Star regular when he finds some consistency in his game. He is just as like to go 4-4 with 2 HRs as he is to go 0-5 with 3 Ks. So that is keeping him out of the game.

    As far as Inge and Victorino making it, I think we can chuck that up to two big baseball cities with lots of tradition and a big following voting for their guys. Plus, don’t forget that both the Phils and Tigers combined their efforts to get their guys in.

    Doesn’t seem right, but oh well. As you know, I would much rather have seen Kinsler or Pena for the AL.

  3. juliasrants

    How the Rangers fans voted in Hamilton and not Kinsler is surprising; not sure what it says about the fans there. But Kinsler might make it to the game – there are reports that Pedroia might have to skip the game because his pregnant wife is in the hospital.


  4. thatbaseballguy

    Julia, if Pedroia has to skip the game and Kinsler replaces him, it will be all that it should have been. Kinsler in-Pedroia out.

  5. thekfny28

    I’m not as outraged at Brandon Inge making it over Kinsler as I am at Victorino making it over Pablo Sandoval and Matt Kemp and Mark Reynolds. Kinsler has been better than Dustin Pedroia, but Brandon Inge and Ian Kinsler are pretty close statistically, plus you have to factor in the defense. Plus, Kinsler has a good amount of All Star appearances in his future, so again, no outrage. On the other hand, Victorino was maybe the worst of all of those FV choices. Cristian Guzman gives him a run for his money.

    -EJ the Kid From New York

  6. raysfanboy

    I agree, squad, I would have much rather seen Matt Kemp in the game than Victorino. Kemp has been a stud in that Dodgers outfield. Guzman I think was a weak choice, so I didn’t see him making it in a million years.

    Now watch Guzman be the first guy to get named to the team after an injury.

  7. matttan7

    Shane Victorino deserves to be in that game, he fields and runs well and brought late in the game, he can be clutch. The National League has never won an All Star game since 1996, back in Philadelphia. Now it’s time to end the 13 year drought.

    Brandon Inge is a good choice, he’s durable as an infielder and a catcher.

    Matthew T.

  8. redsoxfullcount

    this is where we se the fault of the voting setup. Kinsler did not get picked, because he played terrible during the whole vote. Inge on the other hand was playing his best of the year during the final vote. Most just watch sports center than vote based on current highlights. On the other hand kinsler missed the players vote as well.


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